“If it excites you and scares the crap out of you at the same time, it probably means you should do it.” ~ Jack Cheng
Masked – Festival of Colors // Spanish Fork, Utah
A little ‘down’ time during the Festival of Colors, enjoying the atmosphere and listening to some amazing music. I believe this was during MC YOGI, who was one of my favorite artists of the entire weekend. There were a lot of these masks around, protecting all the festival goers of the copious amounts of color flying thru the air.
As the night fades to dusk, a few kids were playing soccer in the wet sand on the beach. I had to re-position a bit to get the colors of the sunset behind them, but luckily I don’t think they were ready to finish playing any time too soon. Although I generally enjoy having photos without people, sometimes throwing in a human element can really add a nice touch to a shot. So, my question, is it still ‘street photography’ if it’s on a beach?
I generally like graffiti, but I suppose it depends on where it is that the context can change. After doing a little exploring of the Golden Gate National Park, and trying to catch a few fleeting views of the bridge thru the fast moving clouds, we began exploring more of the batteries that were along the coast line, abandoned and left for new lives.
The ‘Show Us Your Street’ – Street Photography Challenge (remember, photo opportunity!) is now open for submissions! We’ve got some good feedback already, and are very much looking forward to your entries! Remember, there is no camera requirement, no level requirement to this challenge, just a chance to get out and try something that may be new to you.
In the Subway
In my Street Photography tutorial (available HERE), I talked about some different types of ways to incorporate people in to your street photography. Consenting, Incognizant, and Supporting, being the main three. This shot is a nice example of the supporting role that people can play in a shot, and realistically this is even more abstract than the way I described the supporting characteristics. As you can see none of these folks are very much paying attention to the fact that I was shooting here, and there isn’t really and direct indication that the people are the focus of the shot, but their movement thru the scene directly adds to the composition, especially, I feel, the still shoes on the walkway.